Metal meets weightless on this dazzling EP.
The EP begins with "Bliss Signal"'s rush of noise, which feels cathartic. Eventually fading out into abstract noise, there's joy in its cymbal crashes and piano melody. Just when you think things have calmed down, "Swarm" launches another sideways rainstorm of sounds. It's abrasive and then quiet, moving into an emotional coda like those in post-rock.
You can hear the seams in the band's patchwork of influences on "Swarm," though they almost disappear on the dazzling "4AM Drift," the EP's most "metal" track. It begins with black metal's trademark tremolo picked riffs, cascading up and down over a fiddly electronic soundscape. (It brings to mind the final album from Kelly's previous band, Altar Of Plagues.) More abstract than the other two tracks, "4AM Drift" is also the best, its combination of styles feeling both immersive and uplifting. It's odd, head-turning music where the rush of a snare roll has the same galvanizing effect as the roar of distorted guitars. This kind of punishment spikes your endorphin levels.